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November 07, 2018
STAUNTON, Va., November 7, 2018 – Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) is pleased to announce that Sarah Scyphers has joined the organization’s Knowledge Center as a program specialist.
In her new role, Scyphers will focus on developing and delivering programs targeted to young and beginning farmers. She will serve as a mentor and identify networking opportunities to provide producers with an outside viewpoint as they explore the validity of their business plans. She will also work to expand the implementation of the Knowledge Center’s high school ag education resources.
“My grandfather was a Farm Credit customer and a director, so I’ve been familiar with them for as long as I can remember,” said Scyphers. “I’m excited to work for an organization that so strongly supports farmers and ranchers, and to continue to apply my love for education and agriculture and bring high quality resources to our schools and to our producers.”
Before joining FCV in early October, Scyphers worked as an agriculture educator for 12 years, most recently spending 10 years teaching at Holston High in Damascus, Virginia.
“Sarah has been an advocate of the Knowledge Center since the beginning as she was one of the first teachers in Virginia to bring our educational resources into her classroom,” said Kyley Clevenger, director of FCV’s Knowledge Center. “With her background in, passion for agriculture and more than a decade working in ag education, she’s an incredible asset for us as we continue to develop effective tools to help our farmers and ranchers succeed.”
Scyphers was raised on a multi-generational family farm in Floyd, Virginia and currently resides in Abingdon. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Science and a master’s degree in Career and Technical Education, both from Virginia Tech. She and her husband raise a small herd of cattle and sheep, and in 2017 she won the Excellence in Agriculture Award from the national Farm Bureau. Scyphers is an FFA Alumni, and serves on Ag Council for the Washington County Board of Supervisors and on the Washington County Fair Board. She sits on the planning committee for the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia in Abingdon, Virginia and is active in her church.
Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.8 billion dollars in financing to more than 11,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.
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